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The other day I was listening to a number of symphonies composed by the 20th-century British symphonist Robert Simpson (the complete cycle of 11 symphonies has been recorded on Hyperion and has been issued in a 7-CD box), and I was intrigued that several of the recordings were underwritten by the Grateful Dead's Rex Foundation. I have heard that it was Phil Lesh of the Dead who was behind this project. By the way, the Simpson symphonies are extremely powerful works that seem to owe something to Carl Nielsen (Simpson was a noted scholar of Nielsen). The works are tonal but pretty dissonant. If you like the Nielsen symphonies, especially the last three, and would like to hear more, then try Simpson! He is virtually unknown in the United States, and I have never become aware of any of his works being played live on this side of the pond.
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Did not know about the Dead. Long ago I snapped up all the Robt Simpson cycle on Hyperion from the Berkshire outlet. One of the great symphonic cycles of the past century.
Yes, I have those too. Pretty tough sledding, but rewarding listening. Intense.jserraglio wrote:Did not know about the Dead. Long ago I snapped up all the Robt Simpson cycle on Hyperion from the Berkshire outlet. One of the great symphonic cycles of the past century.
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